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May 15, 2011

Sony Brings PSN Back Online, New Security Measures in Place

By Damon Poeter

Sony Online Entertainment brought its PlayStation Network back online in parts of Europe and the U.S. Saturday following a three-week outage resulting from the hacking of the network by unknown individuals, the company said on the PlayStation blog.

The restoration of PSN service requires a firmware update on PS3 consoles and requires users to change their passwords. Sony is also offering customers free enrollment in identity theft protection programs in countries where they are available, the company said.

"Thank you for your patience and encouragement over the last few weeks," wrote Patrick Seybold, Sony's senior director of corporate communications and social media, in a brief blog post announcing the resumption of PSN service.